Eating Poison: Food, Drugs and Health--Blitz Reviews
Eating Poison: Food, Drugs and Health
By Kellia Ramares-Watson
Published: May 25, 2013 Words: 15,484 (approximate) Language: American English
Associate Editor, The Greanville Post
This book, currently available only in e-format, and priced most reasonably at $0.99 USD, deserves a wide readership. In its pages, in non-technical prose, investigative journalist and social and political activist Kellia Ramares-Watson, in collaboration with veteran health reporter and commentator, Martha Rosenberg, lays out for the reader the machinations of one of America’s most powerful cluster of “toxic” industries, Big Ag, Big Food, and Big Pharma, and what they are doing to the health of people, animals and the earth.
Highly compact, in fewer than 40 pages Eating Poison explores with great lucidity the corporate-induced economic and sociocultural roots of the obesity epidemic, a type of “manipulable” morbidity which promises to add tens of millions of cases to an already dysfunctional healthcare system, as well as interrelated topics such as the cloning of meat and dairy animals, undertakings whose main purpose remains the extraction of further profit from the brutal and ecologically injurious routines employed in animal factories.
As readers of this publication are well aware, corporate power is given extraordinarily free rein in the US in a manner that few other capitalist nations can match. This makes capitalism US-style one of the most cynical and savage in the world.
It’s not exactly a mystery why this is so, even if few voices in the establishment gallery of apologists and sycophants will ever mention it, but the US is also rather unique in that its population exhibits the most alarming and woeful lack of political power, awareness, and mobilization. precisely the opposite of what its incessant propaganda proclaims.
Of course, none of this is accidental. For a political culture in which the masses seem so clueless and disorganized, the American ruling class has long been in the vanguard in terms of self-consciousness and defense of its privileges. This has meant a continuous class war waged from the top and by all means at its disposal, a considerable arsenal in which, as usual, the agencies of the state and corporate media have played a decisive role.
Eating Poison introduces investigative journalist M artha Rosenberg, and her book Born with a Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks, And Hacks Pimp the Public Health. Author Kellia Ramares-Watson, herself an investigative journalist, adds her own research to give the reader a primer on two major causes of modern health problems: Processed foods and prescription drugs.
Not surprising, then, that of all nations the US should be (along with New Zealand, and we wonder why that is) the only nation permitting “direct to consumer advertising” (DTC). This is in keeping with its permissive attitude toward commercial advertisers. The US, after all, is, again, the only major nation to allow constant, 24/7 program interruptions on its television schedules. Other nations eschew this format regarding it as barbaric. Britain carries commercial spots but in far fewer numbers than in the US, and certain networks do not carry ads at all. In France something similar obtains, and former president Nicolas Sarkozy, a rightwing politician seeking to expand his popularity base even banned ads altogether in 2009. Only in the US do the authorities allow the exploiters of television to inject their messages at all times, thereby causing what some media students have called “fragmentation”, not to mention mental overload. As noted by pioneer media analyst Herbert Schiller,